Michigan News

Prosecutors drop Flint water charges, promise fresh probe

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The stunning decision came more than three years — ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new Detroit bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

GM spends $150M on factory

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory’s conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet ...

State bill boosts spending to combat lead, abusive clergy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A $28.8 million mid-year spending bill that received final legislative approval Tuesday would allocate funding to help deal with tougher rules for lead in drinking water, investigate sexual abuse by clergy and replenish a compensation fund for ...

Amash, impeachment supporter, quits a conservative group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, has quit the Freedom Caucus of House conservatives, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The split comes a few weeks after Amash called for the House to impeach Trump based on the ...

Bishops meeting on sex abuse clouded by state investigations

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If ...

Detroit chief says neo-Nazis sought gay pride event violence

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police officers prevented violence by a neo-Nazi group that wanted to spark “Charlottesville No. 2” during a gay pride festival over the weekend, the city's police chief said Monday. Chief James Craig said five people among about 15 white supremacists were openly ...

22 caught in Michigan sting targeting child sex solicitation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Michigan say they’ve arrested 22 people as part of an online child sex sting targeting suspects who are accused of soliciting sex with children. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell announced the arrests Sunday and says they were believed to be ...

Women seeking abortion get offer

YALE, Mich. (AP) — A hotel manager in Michigan’s rural Thumb region is offering free lodging to women who come from states that have passed tough abortion restrictions to have the procedure. The Detroit Free Press reports Yale Hotel manager Shelley O’Brien proffered an invitation on ...

Google has state expansion plans

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Google is committing to spend $17 million to upgrade and expand offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, a move the tech giant says will give it the capacity to “significantly” increase its Michigan workforce in coming years. Google has more than 600 employees ...

Warren challenges Sanders for progressives’ support

LANSING (AP) — As a Michigan field organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, Mike McDermott trained volunteers to knock on doors and call voters, helping the Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in a crucial Midwestern state. But as the 2020 campaign heats up, McDermott ...

High school awards Portage veteran an honorary diploma

By DYLAN GOETZ MLive.com AP Member Exchange PORTAGE — On Robert El Henicky’s 17th birthday on Dec. 1, 1960, he decided to drop out of high school and start a new adventure in military service. El Henicky, 75, received permission from his parents to drop out and join the Air Force ...

3rd child dies after carriage hit

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A third child who was in an Amish horse-drawn carriage that was struck by a drunken driver in southern Michigan has died, authorities said Sunday. Two children, ages 6 and 2, died at the scene of Friday evening’s crash. A 4-year-old later died at a ...

Michigan’s falling teacher salaries push some from the field

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s declining teacher salaries are leaving many educators feeling undervalued and pushing some to leave the field. The average salary for Michigan teachers continued to decrease last year, contributing to a 12% decline over the last decade, according to new ...

Truck, Amish carriage crash kills 2

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck rear-ended an Amish horse-drawn carriage in southern Michigan, killing two children and seriously injuring two others and a woman who were in the carriage. The state police say the two adults and five children who were in the ...

Lawmaker seeks help for opioids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was charged in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money says he's seeking treatment for his long-term use of prescription painkillers. The attorney for Rep. Larry Inman, a Traverse City-area Republican who's facing pressure to resign ...

Father Marquette memorial update

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Plans are in the works to enhance the Father Marquette National Memorial site in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources says a draft plan for the site in Straits State Park in Mackinac County will be unveiled June 18 at St. Ignace ...

Enbridge seeks court ruling on Great Lakes oil pipeline deal

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Enbridge Inc. said Thursday it will go to court after failing to strike a deal with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on building an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Canadian ...

Mayors group supports carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group representing mayors of cities in the Great Lakes region wants to fortify an Illinois waterway to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative has endorsed a $778 million plan developed by the ...

Michigan SOS: First-time voter law is null

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said a requirement that some first-time voters cast a ballot in person if they registered by mail or through a third-party drive is unenforceable in light of a 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment that expanded options for ...